1000mm fell in the Clarke Creek area north of Rockhampton causing total destruction.
1000mm fell in the Clarke Creek area north of Rockhampton causing total destruction. Contributed

'Biggest flood ever': Rocky has no idea what's coming: grazier

"ROCKHAMPTON has no idea what it is in for."

Clarke Creek resident Kerry Wallace saw the full force of the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie.

Cut off by phone and using a laptop running off a generator, these are her harsh, harrowing words - directly from the ground of the destruction.

  • Horses and cattle lost, pets drowned
  • no phones, no power, bridges washed away, supplies running low
  • catastrophic scenes, millions of dollars of damage
  • people sleeping on kitchen tables as flood water rises around them

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"According to the locals that have lived here all their lives, this is the biggest flood they have ever seen. The creeks and river channels came up within a couple of hours... the water was so fast," Kerry wrote.

"The wind was so scary and the sound and speed of the water coming through these creeks and channels was relentless. We recorded 355ml in 12 hours and 465ml for the three days.

"We have no phone services and some have no power other than generators, which will only last until the fuel runs out. A family on the Connors River has evacuated due to flood rising and no power or communication at all.

"Bottle Tree Creek, Clive Creek, Grave Gully, Yatton Creek bridges are all washed out and not crossable isolating everyone either side of them. Parts of the bitumen are missing all along the road.

1000mm fell in the Clarke Creek area north of Rockhampton causing total destruction.
1000mm fell in the Clarke Creek area north of Rockhampton causing total destruction. Contributed

"One family at Clarke Creek watched their horses get washed down the creek and water went through their two storey house reaching the seventh step and leaving behind 4 foot of silt. All the vehicles and sheds were underwater. Absolute devastation."

"In the Connors catchment above Clarke Creek there has been further carnage with cattle and horses being washed away, people sleeping on their kitchen table as waters rose up around them..unfortunately their dogs drowned and they lost livestock. Lisa Wallace at "Ridgelands" next door to Collaroy has lost 11 horses, every effort has been made to locate them but there is no sign of survival as yet.

 

"At Brigalow here we have stranger cattle turning up out of the flood waters from various properties up river. The house at Clive had water under it last night and it rose to the top step before it started to dissipate.

"Infrastructure damage is catastrophic as people have lost sheds, yards, fencing and solar pumps on 30 foot poles...

"The road from Marlborough to Sarina will be shut indefinitely.

"Record floods in this catchment which will in turn end in the Fitzroy River and I believe Rockhampton has no idea just how much water is coming their way. The Dawson River on all reports from the helicopter pilots is about to back up also... there are words being spoke up here of bigger floods than 1991......

"Sadly we are going to struggle to even get supplies of fencing materials and fuel to start repairing the devastation, let alone groceries."



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